First hurricane of the season forms in the Atlantic


We have our first Atlantic hurricane of the season.

Hurricane Danielle became the first hurricane of the season on Friday morning.

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The storm is not a threat to the U.S., as Channel 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said it is located in the north Atlantic and is heading in the general direction of western Europe.

The storm has winds of between 75 and 80 mph and is expected to strengthen into a Category 2 storm.

Photos: Florida remembers devastation of Hurricane Andrew 30 years later

Channel 9 meteorologist Kassandra Crimi said she is also monitoring two additional areas of low pressure in the Atlantic.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we had a tropical depression or our next named storm, which will be Earl, by the end of the weekend or early next week,” Crimi said.

A neighborhood destroyed by Hurricane Andrew.(AP Photo)

HURRICANE ANDREW, 1992:  Hurricane Andrew is considered to be one of the costliest natural disasters ever to strike the U.S., causing at least $26 billion in damages. The hurricane was a category 5 when it struck Dade County, Florida. A resident (bottom right) looks out of his apartment that had its walls blown away by Hurricane Andrew. About 50,000 Dade county residents are without their homes due to Hurricane Andrew, which struck the area on August 24, 1992.  (ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images)

HURRICANE ANDREW, 1992: Hurricane Andrew is considered to be one of the costliest natural disasters ever to strike the U.S., causing at least $26 billion in damages. The hurricane was a category 5 when it struck Dade County, Florida. A resident (bottom right) looks out of his apartment that had its walls blown away by Hurricane Andrew. About 50,000 Dade county residents are without their homes due to Hurricane Andrew, which struck the area on August 24, 1992. (ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Hurricane Andrew hit the Homestead area  south of Miami 28 years ago today.

Hurricane Andrew hit the Homestead area south of Miami 28 years ago today.

In the wreckage of Hurricane Andrew.(AP Photo)

In the wreckage of Hurricane Andrew.(AP Photo)

Destruction caused by hurricane Andrew.(AP Photo)

Destruction caused by hurricane Andrew.(AP Photo)

** FILE ** This Sept. 4, 1992 aerial picture taken with a fish eye lens shows the devastation left by Hurricane Andrew in Florida City, Fla. As of Friday, Sept. 5, 2008, Ike is still far out in the Atlantic, but it's getting a close look from those who weathered 1992's Andrew, the devastating Category 5 storm against which all other Florida hurricanes are measured. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

** FILE ** This Sept. 4, 1992 aerial picture taken with a fish eye lens shows the devastation left by Hurricane Andrew in Florida City, Fla. As of Friday, Sept. 5, 2008, Ike is still far out in the Atlantic, but it’s getting a close look from those who weathered 1992’s Andrew, the devastating Category 5 storm against which all other Florida hurricanes are measured. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

A boat brought ashore by Hurricane Andrew.(AP Photo)

A boat brought ashore by Hurricane Andrew.(AP Photo)

Searching through debris after Hurricane Andrew.(AP Photo)

Searching through debris after Hurricane Andrew.(AP Photo)

Destruction caused by Hurricane Andrew.(AP Photo)

Destruction caused by Hurricane Andrew.(AP Photo)

The Homestead Bowling Alley was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in August 1992. Palm Beach Post staff photo by Lannis Waters

The Homestead Bowling Alley was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in August 1992. Palm Beach Post staff photo by Lannis Waters

GF Default - FLASHBACK: 25 years ago Hurricane Andrew devastated Homestead, Florida

GF Default – FLASHBACK: 25 years ago Hurricane Andrew devastated Homestead, Florida

This water tower, a landmark at Florida City, Fla., still stands Aug. 25, 1992, over the ruins of the Florida coastal community that was hit by the force of Hurricane Andrew. (AP Photo)

This water tower, a landmark at Florida City, Fla., still stands Aug. 25, 1992, over the ruins of the Florida coastal community that was hit by the force of Hurricane Andrew. (AP Photo)

GF Default - FLASHBACK: 25 years ago Hurricane Andrew devastated Homestead, Florida

GF Default – FLASHBACK: 25 years ago Hurricane Andrew devastated Homestead, Florida

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